Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Hawke’s Bay -

This lunchtime win­ery restaurant is a lovely spot for a family get-to­gether that’s a lit­tle bit spe­cial, es­pe­cially in the warmer months when the out­door ta­bles set amid a gar­den of na­tive plants re­ally come into their own. Chef Stephen Tin­dall’s Mediter­ranean-lean­ing menu is de­signed to share, with per­fectly ex­e­cuted twists on clas­sic flavour pair­ings such as grilled figs with blue cheese cus­tard, seed wafer and cracked pep­per syrup, and cider-glazed pork belly with ap­ple, fen­nel and pick­led onion. The clever desserts are a high­light too; the likes of strawberries with wild fen­nel and but­ter­milk pan­na­cotta and meringue, and red liquorice ice cream, gin­ger­bread crumbs and rhubarb. The ex­cel­lent Te Awa wines com­plete the pic­ture.

2375 State High­way 50, Hast­ings, 06 879 7602, teawa­col­lec­tion.com Lunch 7 days; large shar­ing plates $34.50-$68

IN BRIEF Classy cook­ing in a ca­sual, family-friendly space

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